American Society of International Law: Webcast Series on the First 100 Days of Trump Administration

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Join the American Society of International Law for a new webcast series on international law and the first 100 days of the Trump administration.

Part I:
The Future of International Agreements
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
11:30am-12:30pm ET


  • Catherine Amirfar, former counselor on international law to the U.S. State Department legal adviser, currently a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • John Bellinger, former U.S. State Department legal adviser, currently a partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Michael Goldhaber, who served for 16 years as senior international correspondent for The American Lawyer, will moderate the discussion.

This free, live, online briefing will examine such issues as the status of treaties and other international agreements under both international and U.S. domestic law; the obligation of nations to comply with the agreements into which they have entered; and the procedures under which they are permitted to withdraw from such agreements or repudiate their obligations under them.

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About the series:

Although President-elect Donald Trump has not yet announced any formal policy proposals, statements he made during the 2016 electoral campaign and during the transition have raised questions about the continuity of U.S. commitments to various treaties and international agreements now in place, including the Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the North Atlantic (NATO) Treaty, and the Paris Agreement on global climate change, and, more broadly, about what role the United States will play over the next four years in advancing and maintaining the international legal architecture that successive administrations put in place.

The policy choices made by the U.S. government over the coming months will have major implications for a range of vital international legal issues.  This webcast series will take place over the course of the first 100 days of the Trump administration.  It will bring together international law experts to provide concise, nonpartisan background and perspectives on these issues, and the content will be geared to the general public.

The sessions will be streamed live, free of charge, to policymakers, members of the press, and the public. The series webpage is


Founded in 1906 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1950, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization whose mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The Society has long been recognized as a respected convener of the international legal community and a trusted resource on international legal issues.


ASIL Annual Meeting

Hello all, this event is a little far off still, however, if you like to plan things to perfection, this is a good international law event to put on your calendar. The ASIL Annual Meeting will be taking place at the Capitol Hill Hyatt Regency in Washington DC, from April 12-15. ASIL has issued a save-the-date, which you can find in the link below. We have an ASIL membership! Please use it to your networking and educational advantage! If you need help planning transportation or accommodations, I love that sort of thing, so email me. Hope you can make it!

ASIL Annual Meeting 2017

International & Comparative Law Certificate


If you are interested in receiving a certificate in International and Comparative Law, you have until the end of your fourth semester at VLS to do so (if you are a JD candidate; if you are any other kind of student, you have until the end of your second semester). The certificate is an indication of your focus on international law during your studies. In order to receive the International and Comparative Certificate, you must complete 18 credits in international, foreign, and comparative law courses, and you must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 in courses used towards the certificate requirements. You do not need to complete any credits in addition to the 87 required for graduation, as all 18 will count towards your degree.

Check out the declaration form for greater detail, and if you’re interested, please contact me ( to schedule a time to meet with the ICLP director.


International Law Students Association Meeting 2016

This is a conference that will be taking place in New York, on the weekend of October 27-29. It is free to students, and an excellent networking opportunity, as well as a chance to visit New York during one of the best times to be there.

Here is a snippet of the Conference description:

“The unifying theme for ILW 2016 is International Law 5.0:

The world is changing at an accelerating rate. From technological advances to environmental transformations, international lawyers are forced to confront emerging forces and new scenarios. Even settled principles of law are no longer settled. These tectonic shifts have been felt throughout the geography of international law. Legal professionals at every level – local, national, regional, and international – must change their practice to meet a changing world. Innovation will become necessary for survival. 

ILW 2016 will explore these issues through a diverse collection of engaging and provocative panels.”

Hop on the train, or carpool down together!

All information available at the Conference website: ILSA Conference 2016

Come to ILS!


If you’re reading this, you’re probably involved with international legal study at VLS in some way, shape, or form. Which means that you probably have a vested interest in the International Law Society, and should check it out at the meeting taking place on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19 AT 5. Find the info here:


ILS Meeting



The International Law Society and the Center for Applied Human Rights at VLS are hosting Janelle Diller, of the International Labour Organization. Diller is a senior legal advisor, and will be giving a talk titled, “Workers’ Rights and Corporate Responsibilities Across Borders: Perspectives on Law and Social Justice.”

Come hear her speak on Thursday, September 8th, at 5:30 in Yates Common Room!

Follow this link to learn more about Janelle Diller and the upcoming event:

Janelle Diller at VLS

First Assignments & Syllabi


Hey All– Orientation is coming up soon (August 22nd!) and classes will follow shortly. There is a bulletin board in the hallway of Oakes that has first assignments posted on it, but if you want a copy you can return to, visit the Book Lists & Reading Assignments page under Resources on the VLS website. Syllabi and book lists are included online as well, which can give you a good start on preparing for your classes. Find it all here: First Assignments & Syllabi.